Police 'Tie Pieces Of The Puzzle Together' In Lyn Dawson Murder

Police 'Tie Pieces Of The Puzzle Together' In Lyn Dawson Murder

Chris Dawson, 70, was arrested this morning over the death of his first wife Lynette, who went missing in Sydney's northern beaches in 1982.

Police arrested Mr Dawson in Queensland and said he would be extradited to NSW.

The case came to prominence this year following The Australian's investigative podcast series, The Teacher's Pet.

The 36-year-old mystery concerns the disappearance of Lyn Dawson from her home on the Northern Beaches of Sydney in January 1982.

Days after her disappearance her husband Chris moved his schoolgirl lover into the family home.

Mick Fuller, the New South Wales police commissioner, recently apologised for police failings on the case during the 1980s.

"They were predominantly statements from witnesses that helped us tie pieces of the puzzle together", he said.

"We won't give up on trying to identify the whereabouts of Lynette Dawson, but, from our perspective, it is not crucial to finalising the matter".

Ms Barnes argued that her client had a brother in NSW with whom he could live if bail was granted and said Mr Dawson was happy to check in at a local police station regularly.

In September, police searched Ms Dawson's former home but failed to discover any remains or items of interest.

In September investigators spent nearly a week digging up the Dawsons' former Bayview home but found no human remains and no significant clues.

Police at the former home of Lynette Dawson in Bayview. Image AAP
Police at the former home of Lynette Dawson in Bayview. Image AAP

Commissioner Fuller said police have not given up on finding her remains.

The 70-year-old former rugby league player will now be extradited to NSW, where he is expected to be charged with murder.

"There was additional evidence that was identified and that has seen the DPP make a positive decision in prosecuting an individual for the murder of Lynette Dawson", Mr Fuller said.

The former Newtown Jets rugby league player has always been a suspect in the case but denies any involvement in his wife's disappearance.

Dawson's case was reopened in 2015 when detectives from the homicide squad's unsolved homicide unit began reinvestigating the circumstances surrounding her disappearance and suspected murder.

The former teacher has strenuously denied any involvement in his wife's disappearance.

Lynette Dawson disappeared in 1982.

Meanwhile, Chris Dawson's family has released a statement proclaiming his innocence. He has said that she abandoned the family for a religious group.

"We are confident with the case", Supt Scott Cook told reporters on Wednesday.

"There is clear and uncontested evidence that Lyn Dawson was alive long after she left Chris and their daughters", they said in a statement.

"We have no doubt whatsoever that Chris will be found not guilty as he is innocent".